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SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM concludes limited engagement 6/27

Final Two Weeks!

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY’s

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM

concludes its limited engagement Sunday, June 27th , 2010

“Sondheim is the best, brightest & most influential talent to emerge during the last half-century. And James Lapine is his best collaborator.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times
 
“A priceless gift to the theater!” – Linda Winer, Newsday

On Broadway at Studio 54


Roundabout Theatre Company’s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) limited engagement of Sondheim on Sondheim will play its final performance on Sunday, June 27th at 2:00 PM. This new Broadway musical stars Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey & Matthew Scott.  Music & lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and the production is conceived & directed by James Lapine.
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Sondheim on Sondheim will be released as a two disc cast album on PS Classics

“Sondheim is the best, brightest & most influential talent to emerge during the last half-century.
And James Lapine is his best collaborator.”
New York Times

“A revelatory revue!” — Associated Press

“A funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s
greatest living composer and lyricist” — USA Today

PS CLASSICS
ANNOUNCES PLANS
TO RECORD THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST ALBUM OF

“SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM”

Music and Lyrics by

Stephen Sondheim 

Conceived and Directed

by James Lapine

PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, will record the original Broadway cast album of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM on June 6th and 7th. The production, presented by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director), began performances at Studio 54 on March 19th, opened officially on April 22nd and recently announced a two-week extension through June 27th.
 
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM stars Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey & Matthew Scott. The production is conceived & directed by James Lapine, with music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  

The two-disc set will be produced by PS Classics co-founder, Tommy Krasker, who has twelve Sondheim cast albums to his credit, including the current Broadway production of A Little Night Music, and Roundabout Theatre Company’s productions of Assassins and Pacific Overtures. PS Classics co-founder Philip Chaffin, and Alan D. Marks and Stephen Moore, of The Marks-Moore Group, will serve as Executive Producers.

The album is currently available for pre-orders at www.psclassics.com.

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SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM wins Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY’s

Sondheim on Sondheim

Receives

DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD

For Distinguished Production of A Musical

“Sondheim is the best, brightest & most influential talent to emerge during the last half-century. And James Lapine is his best collaborator.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times

“A priceless gift to the theater!” – Linda Winer, Newsday

on Broadway at Studio 54

Winners of the 76th annual Drama League Awards were announced this afternoon. Roundabout Theatre Company’s Sondheim on Sondheim received the Award for Distinguished Production of A Musical.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Sondheim on Sondheim stars Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey & Matthew Scott.  Music & lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and the production is conceived & directed by James Lapine.

Sondheim on Sondheim is playing at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street).  This limited engagement has been extended through Sunday, June 27th, 2010.

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Meet The Nominees – BARBARA COOK, SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM – BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

BARBARA COOK


NOMINATIONS/WINS:

TONY Awards – Nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Drama League Awards – Nomination for Distinguished Performance Award 

Outer Critic’s Circle – Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical 

1958 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (The Music Man), 1987 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One Person Show (Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre), 2003 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance (Mostly Sondheim), 2004 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance (Barbara Cook’s Broadway!) and a 1955 Theatre World Award for Plain and Fancy.


LINKS:

Personal website: www.BarbaraCook.com

Production Website: www.RoundaboutTheatre.org/SondheimOnSondheim

Production Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/RTC_NYC

YouTube.com Page: www.youtube.com/RTC

Wikipedia.org: www.wikipedia.org/BarbaraCook

TheaterMania: www.theatermania.com/SondheimOnSondheim             

Broadway.com: www.broadway.com/SondheimOnSondheim/

BIOGRAPHY:

Barbara Cook’s association with Stephen Sondheim began in 1985 when she starred as Sally in the NY Philharmonic’s now legendary concerts of Follies and continued with her Tony Award nominated concert Mostly Sondheim. As a leading star on Broadway during the 50’s and 60’s, her many credits include the creation of three classic roles in the musical theatre:  Cunegonde in Candide, Marian in The Music Man (Tony Award) and Amalia in She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award).  In 1974, Ms. Cook embarked on a concert and recording career, achieving one career high after another from  her solo concert debut at Carnegie Hall in 1975 to her historic solo concert at the MET in 2006 when she became the first female non-classical singer to be presented by the Metropolitan Opera in that company’s long history. The most recent of the many recordings by this Grammy Award winner is the 6-cd boxed set The Essential Barbara Cook.(DRG Records).

 

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM’s TV commercial Spot

 

BARBARA COOK, VANESSA WILLIAMS & TOM WOPAT talk about the show

 

Read The Sound of Sondheim A new revue marks composer Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday’ in Vanity Fair: CLICK HERE

 


“An exceptionally sensitive Sondheim interpreter, Ms. Cook delivers ‘Send in the Clowns’ with a simple, sweet bereftness that breaks your heart.” –Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Barbara Cook remains a wonder. At 82, she has returned to Broadway after too long an absence to deliver a master class in lyric phrasing. Her exquisite rendition of ‘Send in the Clowns’ demonstrates the essence of musical theater: an expert performer capturing the emotional truth found in a perfect blending of words and music.” –Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

“BARBARA COOK is INCOMPARABLE.” –Elysa Gardner, USA Today  


PRODUCTION PHOTO:

[Pictured: Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams]

www.RoundaboutTheatre.org/SondheimOnSondheim

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Watch TV – See Broadway

WATCH TV, SEE BROADWAY 

FOUR DAYS, SIX SHOWS

Today, Monday May 10
Tune in to “The Late Show with David Letterman” (CBS)
to hear a performance by Best Musical Tony nominee, Million Dollar Quartet,  and to see guest Sam Rockwell from A Behanding in Spokane. “The Late Show” airs on WCBS TV/Channel 2 in New York at 11:35 PM.  Check local listings.
 
Tuesday, May 11
Tune in to “Live! with Regis & Kelly” (ABC)
to see Lucy Liu, star of the Tony Award-winning Best Play, God of Carnage. Live” airs in the New York area on WABC-TV/Channel 7 at 9:00am.  Check local listings.  
 
Tune in to “LX-TV” (WNBC) to see double Tony Nominee Jan Maxwell from Lend Me a Tenor and The Royal Family. “LX” airs on WNBC TV/Channel 4 at 5 PM in New York.
 
Thursday May 13
Tune in to “The View” (ABC)
to see Sondheim on Sondheim’s Vanessa Williams  co-host, and perform with her Broadway co-star Barbara Cook.  “The View” airs on WABC-TV/Channel 7 in New York at 11 AM. Check local listings.

Friday, May 14
Tune in to “Good Morning America” (ABC)
to see La Cage aux Folles’ Kelsey Grammer, Douglas Hodge and the Cagelles between 8:30 – 9:00 AM.  
 
Tune into “Theatre Talk” (WNET) to see Christopher Walken, star of A Behanding in Spokane. “ Theatre Talk” airs on WNET-TV/ Channel 13 at 12:30 AM in New York. 

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SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM on “The View”

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Barbara Cook & Vanessa Williams

stars of

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM

will perform “Not a Day Goes By” and “Losing My Mind” on
 
ABC’s “The View”

Thursday, May 13th between 11:00-12:00PM
 
“Sondheim is the best, brightest & most influential talent to emerge during the last half-century. And James Lapine is his best collaborator.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times
 
“A priceless gift to the theater!” – Linda Winer, Newsday

on Broadway at Studio 54

On Thursday, May 13th, tune in to watch Barbara Cook & Vanessa Williams perform on ABC’s “The View” on channel 7 between 11:00-12:00PM. Vanessa Williams will also be a guest co-host on Thursday.

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SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM’s Cook & Williams in USA Today

USA Today
May 5, 2010
 
Singing ‘Sondheim’ praises
By Elysa Gardner
 
NEW YORK — Don’t get theater and cabaret veteran Barbara Cook started on the physical attributes of singer/actress Vanessa Williams, her co-star in Sondheim on Sondheim, the new Broadway musical at Studio 54.
 
“I don’t believe Vanessa was born — she was drawn,” Cook, 82, said before a performance recently. “It’s unbelievable how gorgeous she is. There’s a scene where you see her in these little skivvies, and her legs go on for days.” Continue reading

Roundabout’s SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM extends to June 27, 2010

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Announces

TWO WEEK EXTENSION!

Through June 27, 2010

of the original Broadway musical

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM

“Sondheim is the best, brightest & most influential talent to emerge during the last half-century. And James Lapine is his best collaborator.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times

“ * * * * ” – John Simon, Bloomberg

“A priceless gift to the theater!” – Linda Winer, Newsday

on Broadway at Studio 54

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) announces a two-week extension of Sondheim on Sondheim through Sunday, June 27th, 2010.

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Highlights of 2009-2010 Broadway Season

2009-2010 Broadway Season Officially Ends

HIGHLIGHTS OF A HISTORIC STAR-FILLED YEAR, PACKED WITH SHOWS:

Burn The Floor • Bye Bye Birdie • The Royal Family • Hamlet • After Miss Julie • Wishful Drinking • Ragtime • White Christmas  • A Little Night Music • A View From the Bridge • The Miracle Worker • A Behanding in Spokane •
Times Stands Still • Present Laughter • Next Fall • Looped • Red • Lend Me a Tenor • Million Dollar Quartet • La Cage aux Folles •  Sondheim on Sondheim • Fences • Collected Stories • Everyday Rapture


With the opening last night of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Everyday Rapture, the 2009-2010 Broadway Season officially comes to an end.
 
One of the busiest and exciting Broadway seasons in years included many moments that will make it truly memorable.  
 
Follow along with us on Twitter (@BBBway) as we look back at this electric, star-packed season.  
 
@OfficialBTF:
“Last summer, the Longacre heated up with the dancers of BURN THE FLOOR.  Maks and Karina from DWTS were a special treat for audiences.”
 
@B3onBroadway:
“The new Henry Miller’s Theatre opened in September with the first revival of the famous rock-n-roll musical BYE BYE BIRDIE.  Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon!”

@MTC_NYC:
“THE ROYAL FAMILY was so luscious, even the NY Times is still talking about it:   http://tinyurl.com/39yw4vg .”
 
@HamletBway09:
“Jude Law returned to Broadway last fall in the Donmar Warehouse’s mega-hit acclaimed production of HAMLET.”
 
@NightMusicBway:
“Celebrated stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury lit up Broadway this Winter in the first revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Carrie Fisher had audiences rolling in the aisles as she told her sordid, martini soaked tale in WISHFUL DRINKING.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“The Neil Simon Plays: Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by David Cromer, earns enthusiastic reviews, but plays briefly at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE brought Sienna Miller & Jonny Lee Miller together in an intoxicating tango.”
 
@SignatureTheatr:
 “Signature Theatre enjoys one of its biggest critical successes with the marathon trilogy production, Horton Foote’s THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, directed by Michael Wilson.”
 
@RagtimeonBway09:
“The celebrated musical RAGTIME returned to Broadway this Fall, breathing new life into the beloved American epic.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS returned to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre this Winter, making it New York’s newest holiday tradition.”

@VIEWonBroadway:
“The new year began dramatically with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson in a definitive production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The dashing Victor Garber nailed the classic Noel Coward matinee idol role in a very funny revival of PRESENT LAUGHTER.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ newest play, TIME STANDS STILL earns rave reviews in its Broadway debut at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.”
 
@MiracleWorkerNY:
“THE MIRACLE WORKER brought Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin to Circle in the Square for her Broadway debut, alongside Tony nominee Alison Pill.”
 
@LoopedBroadway:
“Valerie Harper returned to Broadway in March in a tour-de-force performance as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED.”
 
@NextFall:
“Geoffrey Naufft’s new American play NEXT FALL opened in March and was lauded by critics for its humor, compassion and depth.”
 
@BehandingBWAY:
“March roared in like a lion with Chris Walken’s memorable portrayal of a one-handed man in A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE.”
 
@MillionDQuartet:
“In April, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET became Broadway’s newest smash hit musical featuring a treasure trove of beloved rock and roll songs.”
 
@LendTenorNYC:
“Uproarious laughter has filled The Music Box since the April bow of Ken Ludwig’s madcap comedy Lend Me A Tenor, directed by Stanley Tucci.”
 
@RedonBroadway:
“Stage & screen vet Alfred Molina and Broadway newcomer Eddie Redmayne paint NY RED in John Logan’s new play, directed by Michael Grandage.”
 
@LaCageBroadway:
“LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens to raves for Kelsey Grammer & Douglas Hodge and the ingeniously reinvented production, directed by Terry Johnson.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The adoration for Sondheim’s musical genius continued this spring in SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM.  Barbara Cook is a rare treat for Broadway audiences.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES premiered on Broadway at MTC, starring Linda Lavin, Sarah Paulson and directed by Lynne Meadow.”
 
@FencesBroadway:
“The first Broadway revival of FENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, opened to a chorus of raves for stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Sherie Rene Scott finished the season off with a bang, wowing critics with her new musical EVERYDAY RAPTURE.” 

www.twitter.com/bbbway 
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SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM opens to acclaim on Broadway

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

The critics have weighed in on Broadway’s

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM

USA TODAY

(***½ out of four stars)

“What better birthday present could Stephen Sondheim receive than a chance to finally star in his own Broadway show?  Musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist, who turned 80 in March, is getting just that with Sondheim on Sondheim, the funny, affectionate and revealing tribute that opened Thursday at Studio 54.” – Elysa Gardner

http://www.usatoday.com/life/theater/reviews/2010-04-23-sondheim23_ST_N.htm

ASSOCIATED PRESS

“…nothing quite tops other cast members sitting quietly on stage and listening to Barbara Cook sing “Send in the Clowns.” Cook’s exquisite rendition of Sondheim’s best-known song demonstrates the essence of musical theater: an expert performer capturing the emotional truth found in a perfect blending of words and music. And “Sondheim on Sondheim,” which opened Thursday at Broadway’s Studio 54, reiterates what true Sondheim buffs already know about his work. His songs, while always intellectually nimble, are also straight from the heart, rich in emotion and feeling.” – Michael Kuchwara

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jSPTVP644cvdMdTm5g43f8eOiHnQD9F8DIL00

BLOOMBERG

**** out of four stars

“Sondheim on Sondheim,” the revue put together by James Lapine from Stephen Sondheim’s songs, confirms enchantingly what we already know but can gladly bear such eloquent repeating of: that Sondheim is the best composer- lyricist we’ve got. To have it incarnated on Broadway by a cast headed by Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat and five personable others leaves us, after two-and-a-half hours, only hungry for more. Every item in this expansive, diverse catalog seems to claim swift recognition: “I am a Sondheim song, and could be no other’s.” – John Simon

http://preview.bloomberg.com/news/2010-04-23/sondheim-dishes-foxy-mama-barbara-cook-steals-show-john-simon.html

VARIETY

“One sometimes wonders what the notoriously exacting Sondheim privately thinks of the many revues and revivals of his work that come along. No worry here; “Sondheim on Sondheim” is engrossingly entertaining and thoroughly captivating. An enchanting, warm and provocative opportunity to hear not only Sondheim’s songs but — literally — the master’s voice.”  – Steven Suskin

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117942611.html?categoryid=33&cs=1&query=sondheim

NEWSDAY

Wondering perhaps what to give a friend who has everything (including star-encrusted tributes and a theater named after him) for his 80th birthday, author-director James Lapine has come up with the revealing, fascinating, utterly charming “Sondheim on Sondheim.” – Linda Winer

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/theater/priceless-giving-the-gift-of-sondheim-1.1874028

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